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Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Sunday 24 March 2019

Local Minneapolis roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Minneapolis would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for mi... read more

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Sunday 04 November 2018

Like everything in the MN automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. MN drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Minneapolis roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night... read more

Minneapolis Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

Tuesday 29 May 2018

The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around Minneapolis, fuel is burned in your vehicle engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowe... read more

Timing Belt Replacement in Minneapolis

Monday 03 July 2017

Today we want to talk to Minneapolis drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most Minneapolis area auto owners remember because it's not well understood.Let's review what a timing... read more

Serpentine Belt Service at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis

Monday 12 September 2016

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Minneapolis road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine co... read more

PCV Valve Service at Uptown Imports in Minneapolis

Friday 02 October 2015

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine.  A clogged PCV will not allow these vapors to escape. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause vehicle engine corrosion, something we see occasiona... read more

PCV Valve Replacement

Thursday 09 July 2015

Hello Minneapolis, let's talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely important PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly contaminate the oil and turn it to sludge... read more

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